Spring Lawn Maintenance Tips

Spring Lawn Maintenance Tips

Spring Lawn Maintenance Tips

Spring is right around the corner! Are you prepared to care for your lawn this spring? Below are some short spring lawn care tips and homeowner’s guides for each popular type of grass including zoysia, bermudagrass, St. Augustine, bluegrass and tall fescue.

Zoysia Spring Maintenance

Spring maintenance for an established, mature zoysiagrass lawn is pretty simple. Once you are sure there won’t be anymore winter freezes, give the grass a “buzz-cut” of sorts even if your grass is not completely green yet by dropping the mower a notch in the early spring. This gets rid of the brown top layer and any old leaves that have accumulated over the winter. For this particular mow, be sure to bag up all of the material. After this initial buzz-cut is complete, mow the zoysiagrass at your desired height. Mowing heights may slightly differ depending on the type of zoysia you have (EMPIRE, Geo Zoysia and Innovation), but zoysia is generally mowed at a height between .5 and two inches.

Apply a pre-emergent herbicide as this will help cut down on summer weeds, and don’t overwater the lawn. Zoysia only needs about one inch of water per a week considering rainfall. To ensure your lawn gets the nutrients it needs, we recommend using the LawnifiTM Spring Fertilizer Box, which contains the two bottles of Maintain and single bottle of Boost as mentioned in the above video.  If your lawn has had insect damage in the past around this time, it’s a good idea to apply an insecticide to prevent them from coming back again. The same goes for lawn disease. If the grass has had a fungus or disease in the past or is in a shady area, apply a systemic fungicide to ensure there aren’t any future outbreaks. If the fungicide or insecticides are granular products, be sure to water them in so they soak into your soil. Before the arrival of summer heat, lawn patch-work and a light top-dressing of sand and topsoil mix is a great way to help weak areas recover. You can also shop for a variety of zoysia sod plugs on our website to help out with the now visible damaged areas as your grass comes out of winter dormancy. Check out the available Homeowner Maintenance Guides for more details on zoysiagrass spring maintenance: Zoysia, EMPIRE Turf, Geo Zoysia, and Innovation. As you visit each maintenance guide, you will see an option at the top of the page that allows you to download a PDF version of the guide so you can print it for convenience.

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Bermudagrass Spring Maintenance

Bermudagrass upkeep is similar to that of zoysiagrass. Be sure not to overwater your bermudagrass lawn. Bermudagrass is very drought tolerant and only needs about one inch of water per week including rainfall. It is almost important to have a mature, established bermudagrass lawn when it comes to following these instructions for mowing. It is also good to make sure the last winter freeze is over before moving forward with this step. The first mow of the spring should resemble a “buzz-cut” to get rid of the brown top layer and other leaves that accumulated over winter. The height of this buzz-cut varies depending on how high your bermudagrass is. Generally, you don’t want to mow any lower than half an inch, so dropping your mower down a notch should work. Then bag up the leftover material. Bermudagrass is generally mowed at a height between 1–1.5 or two inches in height after this initial buzz-cut for the rest of the spring.

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Applying a pre-emergent  herbicide afterwards will surely help cut down on the amount of summer weeds. To ensure your lawn gets the nutrients it needs, we recommend using the LawnifiTM Spring Fertilizer Box, which contains the two bottles of Maintain and single bottle of Boost as mentioned in the above video. If your lawn has had insect damage in the past around this time, it’s a good idea to apply an insecticide to prevent them from coming back again. The same goes for lawn disease. If the grass has had a fungus or disease in the past or is in a shady area, apply a systemic fungicide to ensure there aren’t any future outbreaks. If the fungicide or insecticides are granular products, be sure to water them in so they soak into your soil. Before the arrival of summer heat, lawn patch-work and a light top-dressing of sand and topsoil mix is a great way to help weak areas recover. You can also shop for a variety of bermudagrass sod plugs on our website to help out with the now visible damaged areas as your grass comes out of winter dormancy. Take a look at the available Homeowner Maintenance Guides for more details on bermudagrass spring maintenance: Bermudagrass, Celebration, Latitude 36, and NorthBridge. As you visit each maintenance guide, you will see an option at the top of the page that allows you to download a PDF version of the guide so you can print it for convenience.

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To check out the rest of our control products, click here. If you are interested in learning more on the Lawnifi Spring Fertilizer Box, refer to the bottom of this article.

St. Augustine Spring Maintenance

St. Augustine in general only needs about one inch of water per a week including rainfall, so be careful not to overwater your lawn as it may become susceptible to disease. If you’ve had a fungus or disease in your St. Augustine before or have shade in your yard, apply a systemic fungicide to prevent future outbreaks. Disease tends to appear around this time of year as your grass begins to green up from winter dormancy. If you notice a disease that is currently present in your lawn at this time, apply a systemic fungicide two to three times. If the product you are using is a granular fungicide, be sure to water it in to help it soak into your soil. Next, mow your St. Augustine to our recommended spring heights. Generically speaking, mow somewhere in the two to four inch range.  Some specific varieties have slight variances in height recommendations. For Palmetto and Captiva, we recommend to cut on the shorter end—somewhere between 1.5 and 2.5 inches for optimal health. CitraBlue can be mowed between 2.5–3.5 inches.

A pre-emergent herbicide should be applied at the beginning of spring as it will help cut down on the amount of potential summer weeds. To ensure your lawn gets the nutrients it needs, we recommend using the LawnifiTM Spring Fertilizer Box, which contains the two bottles of Maintain and single bottle of Boost as mentioned in the above video. If you have had insect damage around this time of year in the past, apply an insecticide. It is recommended to us an insecticide that has control for chinch bugs as St. Augustine can be prone to them around this time. If a granular type of insecticide is applied, water the lawn immediately after application to help with soil absorption. Before the arrival of summer heat, lawn patch-work and a light top-dressing of sand and topsoil mix is a great way to help weak areas recover. You can also shop for a variety of St. Augustine sod plugs on our website to help out with the now visible damaged areas as your grass comes out of winter dormancy. Be sure to visit the available Homeowner Maintenance Guides for more details on St. Augustine spring maintenance: St. Augustine, Palmetto, CitraBlue and Captiva. As you visit each maintenance guide, you will see an option at the top of the page that allows you to download a PDF version of the guide so you can print it for convenience.

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To check out the rest of our control products, click here. If you are interested in learning more on the Lawnifi Spring Fertilizer Box, refer to the bottom of this article.

Bluegrass Spring Maintenance

First, mow your bluegrass somewhere between 2.5 to 3.5 inches in height. A pre-emergent herbicide should be applied at the beginning of spring as it will help cut down on the amount of potential summer weeds. Bluegrass only needs about one inch of water per a week including rainfall, so be careful not to overwater your lawn. To ensure your lawn gets the nutrients it needs, we recommend using the LawnifiTM Spring Fertilizer Box. Treat with a broad spectrum insecticide if needed. If a granular type of insecticide is applied, water the lawn immediately after application to help with soil absorption. If you’ve had a fungus or disease in your bluegrass before or have shade in your yard, apply a systemic fungicide to prevent future outbreaks.

You can also shop for bluegrass sod plugs on our website to help out with damaged areas. Check out the available Homeowner Maintenance Guides for more details on bluegrass spring maintenance: Bluegrass and HGT. As you visit each maintenance guide, you will see an option at the top of the page that allows you to download a PDF version of the guide so you can print it for convenience.

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To check out the rest of our control products, click here. If you are interested in learning more on the Lawnifi Spring Fertilizer Box, refer to the bottom of this article.

Tall Fescue Spring Maintenance

Similarly to bluegrass, you’ll want to mow your bluegrass somewhere between 2.5 to 3.5 inches in height. A pre-emergent herbicide should be applied at the beginning of spring as it will help cut down on the amount of potential summer weeds such as goosegrass, crabgrass and foxtail. Fescue only needs about one inch of water per a week including rainfall, so be careful not to overwater your lawn. To ensure your lawn gets the nutrients it needs, we recommend using the LawnifiTM Spring Fertilizer Box. Treat with a broad spectrum insecticide if needed, and be prepared to control white grubs in the months of April and May. If a granular type of insecticide is applied, water the lawn immediately after application to help with soil absorption. If you’ve had a fungus or disease in your fescue before or have shade in your yard, apply a systemic fungicide to prevent future outbreaks.

Check out the available Homeowner Maintenance Guide for more details on fescue spring maintenance: Fescue. As you visit each maintenance guide, you will see an option at the top of the page that allows you to download a PDF version of the guide so you can print it for convenience.

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To check out the rest of our control products, click here. If you are interested in learning more on the Lawnifi Spring Fertilizer Box, be sure to check out the following section of this article.

Lawnifi Spring Fertilizer Box

The Spring Fertilizer Box consists of two bottles of Maintain and one bottle of Boost for a lesser price than purchasing all three bottles individually. Spray one application of Maintain at the start of spring to promote healthy roots and the return of green leaf blades after winter dormancy. In mid-spring, apply Boost to deepen the green appearance of your lawn. Boost will deliver greening benefits to your lawn immediately, and long into the season because of its time-release formula. In late spring, use the remaining bottle of Maintain to prep your lawn for the heat and stress of summer. Our patented nano-fertilizers with Catalyst TechnologyTM give your lawn the jump-start it needs to emerge from dormancy, green up fast, and thrive throughout the spring months. Browse our fertilizer products or learn more about Lawnifi at lawnifi.com.

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